I'm still so in love with my new office decorating extravaganza it's rather percolating into everything, Fashionable Reader. So I thought I might go with it. The office is basically, downstairs, dark green and creams. So here are some before and after pictures combined with picks on clothes and vintage pieces. (The interior design images are mostly from Houzz.)
Before & After: Entry
Inspired by . . .
Inspiring . . .
At Mysterious Galaxy
Alexander McQueen metal bow belt from AlexanderMcQueen.com.
Stella & Dot Liz drop earrings at stelladot.com
Corner: Before & After
Inspiring . . .
Rose gold plated sterling silver drop earrings from goldenmine.com
As I am certain you are aware, Fashionable Reader, the Spring 2013 fashions hit the runways many months ago. I, however, like to collect my thoughts on the subject in order to actually blog about it in the springtime. Crazy talk.
Well as I plan for Denver, where I understand it is glacial, I am pleased to report that here in NorCal Spring most certainly has arrived. Spring may be the prettiest season in my neck of the bay ~ there's actual greenery around and it's not too hot. I love it. I also loved a great many of the Spring fashions this year. I did keep the Rack in mind and tried to choose outfits with good
coverage, with Spring/Summer in mind this can be difficult, curses upon
you spaghetti strap!
I adore these cool full skirts with an eye towards some mixing of patterns. This adds an edge of modern to a silhouette and companion separates that scream retro. Also, note the flats? I love seeing flats in high end outfits.
I've only recently come around to pink, and light pink even less so. However, it works with my complexion, and a baby color in a body-conscious pencil cut is a fun contradiction. It's girly but not too girly because of the cut. I love all three of these options: an office dress, a flirty print with long sleeves, and a curvy suit.
Fendi; Kate Spade; Tory Birch (runway screen shots)
A number of designers put separates down the runway for sprint. I loved all of these and I can see them mixing and matching with each other well. There's some great use of texture and a touch of pattern. They all included a cream sandal, which seems the it shoe for Spring.
Shades of Blue
Elie Saab (runway screen cap); Lauren Moffat via nymag.com
Vivian Westwood ignore the crazy make up (runway screen cap)
I tend to think that no matter what your complexion there's a shade of blue out there for everyone ~ be it a dark steel, bright royal, or soft baby blue. Westwood even put a yellow blue down her runway. These four featured great necklines, good wide shoulder straps allowing for a supportive bra, and modest lady-like skirt lengths. All, except the trumpet skirt, would be great with flats as well as heels.
Borgia Valentina; Zac Poison
I can hardly let a season pass without picking something red. I do love red so much. This year there were some great red prints, I seriously covet that Valentina, mmmm.
There are a couple of other trends you might notice in my picks above: ankle strap heels are big and structured bags are still around (only now in prints and pastel colors). Also there was a lot of retro style make up, and clean tidy hair pulled back off the face.